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Got my Stranos on

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    Got my Stranos on

    Put my Stranos on with stock shocks. Heres some highlights.










    Yeah the cut out is WAY too low!!! I need to have it changed.


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    Looks great!!! Yeah, well get that cutout fixed.

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    How hard was the install? I'm lookin to do this myself as well.

    Any special tools required?

    Stance looks awesome

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    Ride's gonna suck with Decrapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppn View Post
    How hard was the install? I'm lookin to do this myself as well.

    Any special tools required?

    Stance looks awesome

    Install was pretty damn easy. I ran into a snag with the pass side front. The top nut that holds on the top of the assembly to the top of the strut was rusted pretty good and it broke free but the nut would only spin with the strut. This rust issue on the pass seems to be common, so difficulty and severity would be determined by how often your car has been driven in the rain.

    Took it to pep boys and they hit it with an impact gun and got it off.

    It definitely helps to have someone with you to do it but not absolutely necessary. I had my dad help me.

    Only special tools are T-40 and T-50 Torx bits and a spring compressor ($39.99) at most auto parts stores. Rent one if you can cause you'll only need it to get the stockers off. All other tools are pretty standard.


    I used the guide found at LS1howto.com for the majority of the install.


    Quote Originally Posted by DUBL0WS6 View Post
    Ride's gonna suck with Decrapons.
    Yeah, only drove it for about 20 mins today but is bouncy. Im ordering Koni's today. I did notice a bid difference in the center of gravity with the car around turns. Just feels better. Koni's will be a huge improvement over all too.

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    nice, Im also waiting on my koni's its been almost a month, I dont know whats much worse waiting for my shocks or waiting for a baby, cant wait lol. where are you getting yours from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVG210 View Post
    nice, Im also waiting on my koni's its been almost a month, I dont know whats much worse waiting for my shocks or waiting for a baby, cant wait lol. where are you getting yours from.
    I cant imagine that kinda anticipation!

    I'm going to order mine from Sam Strano because of his sale price till 6/30.

    Only thing is that crazy back order!!

    I talked to Sam last week and he said Koni cant keep up production compared to the amount of orders coming in.

    So I'm going to order them within the week. They probably wont come in till the end of July though

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    Surprised you did the Hose mod, Last I heard Sam does not reccomend doing it with his Springs.

    If you think it's good now wait till the Koni's go on, and don't forget the Adj panhard bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    Surprised you did the Hose mod, Last I heard Sam does not reccomend doing it with his Springs.

    If you think it's good now wait till the Koni's go on, and don't forget the Adj panhard bar.
    Yeah, figured id try the hose mod for now. I might but the isolators back on with the stranos because of my clearance issues anyway.

    Yeah, I cant wait to get the Koni's. Too bad its gonna take a while cause of the back order.

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    Looks good!


    Don't forget to remove the rear bump stop spacers.

    Also the ends of the rear spring pig tails should be facing forward (GM service manual).
    Last edited by Blue28; 06-21-2009 at 11:23 PM.

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    congrats keith!!!
    looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue28 View Post
    Looks good!


    Don't forget to remove the rear bump stop spacers.

    Also the ends of the rear spring pig tails should be facing forward (GM service manual).
    Hmm, didnt know that. I'll probably put the rear isolators back on anyway and its not hard to move them now. They just wobble around till they touch the body of the car.

    Quote Originally Posted by 02Sweet View Post
    congrats keith!!!
    looks great.
    Thanks Josh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TempleU_WS6 View Post
    I cant imagine that kinda anticipation!

    I'm going to order mine from Sam Strano because of his sale price till 6/30.

    Only thing is that crazy back order!!

    I talked to Sam last week and he said Koni cant keep up production compared to the amount of orders coming in.

    So I'm going to order them within the week. They probably wont come in till the end of July though
    shit I know man, so I might have to end up till the end of july too, no wonder sam hasnt returned my emails all he needs to do is tell me that I order mine around the 20's of may.

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    Perfect! now change to KONI!

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    I like the stance much better with the rear hose mod. It evens out the gaps perfectly! Why is this mod frowned upon by sam anyway, is there something wrong with doing it?

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    Looks great bro! Too bad I can't do that cause my exhaust sucks and is too low

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01ws6er View Post
    Looks great bro! Too bad I can't do that cause my exhaust sucks and is too low
    Yeah, my cutout is WAY too low! Im having Brandon fix it with me so its manageable. I can really gain some clearance if you look at the one picture.

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